The world has sadly reached pre-World War I levels, where multiple countries are very tense with each other. We have ourselves a powder keg situation, actually we have two. The world is one bad act away from war, or so it seems.
This brings us closer to World War III, but elevated now thanks to North Korea and Syria. President Trump angered Russia and Iran by attacking a Syrian airbase because of a gas attack on Syrian civilians by the Syrian government. North Korea has been shooting missiles off whenever and mainly towards Japan, while prepping for war, so as a show of force the US Navy has moved a strike fleet to the Korean Peninsula.
There has been a powder keg in the Middle East for some time as well as in the Korean Peninsula, over 50 years for that one. Let's break it down.
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The US strikes in Syria stoked a large fire between Russia and Iran with the West, and Russia and Iran vow response to any more US strikes against the Assad led Syrian military. According to Breitbart, Russia and Iran said the US "crossed red lines".
Russia may not act, but Iran very well may given their previous actions against US Navy, but if they do it'll likely be more towards Israel, due to distance. Iran would likely go after US military presence near them, like the Navy, but would unlikely succeed. If Iran attacked Israel though, it would almost seal Iran's fate anyhow, due to US and Western response.
Russia may have no choice but to enter the war at that point, bringing in a new World War, and if the Middle East erupts like that, North Korea and China may take advantage and act in Asia. Russia could spill the war into Europe, and actors like Turkey may enter.
It would be wise for the US to focus on ISIS in Syria and let Russia deal with the Syrian government. President Trump is the king of deals, and who better than him to strike a deal with Putin to oust Assad and let Russia occupy Syria and help with the fight against ISIS.
The Korean Peninsula is the most likely keg to explode, North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un is ready for war, and the US has deployed a US Navy strike fleet to the Korean Peninsula. According to Express, Kim Jung Un said he "promises a powerful response".
China, according to The Daily Mail, has deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border as well. Let's not forget, China's president was with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago when Trump ordered the attacked the Syrian airbase. President Trump and President Xi were to discuss North Korea, and maybe this could be part of the results of what was discussed.
The US has about 30,000 troops in South Korea per Fox News, and according to Mirror, President Trump has ordered his military advisers to prepare for action in North Korea.
It may be the in the world's best interest for a joint US-China military campaign against North Korea. However, this could give cover for Russia and Iran to act in the Middle East, which would draw conflict that region. China could maybe trick the US and fight for North Korea.
Here is homepage of Drudge Report for crying out loud:
Either way it's a scary situation. If either keg goes off, the other one is likely to explode too, and both scenarios could end up on American soil.
President Trump needs to listen to his message of America first and focus on American interests. If Trump sticks with Secretary of State Tillerson and takes it to ISIS in Syria, that powder keg could be avoided. The belligerent actor in the Middle East is Iran, if they act in Syria or against Israel, the keg could explode just from that. Iran better not try and make any more moves on US Navy though, or the US may act on Iran like they did Syria, and that too may explode the keg.
North Korea seems like the likely scenario, but it seems as if China is on the US side, we should hope because if not, that's how World War III can start, and China may be the modern day WWII Japan.
Below are two good videos from Fox Business on the North Korean and Syrian conflicts: